---- — The Nettle Middle School Life Skills Program will hold its fifth annual faculty car wash on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school’s rear parking lot. The school is at 150 Boardman St. Rain date is May 31. About 20 students in the Life Skills Program will be washing cars and selling homemade snacks. There will also be raffles of gift baskets throughout the day. Car washes are $5 each. This event is being held to raise money for the purchase of pre-vocational curriculum and materials for the program. More information is available by contacting Kevin Beaudoin at 978-374-5792.
Learn about planting and growing medicinal herbs
Herbalist Suzanne Wicks will present a program titled “Culinary Herbs with a Medicinal Twist” on Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Learn the history of four herbs, how to grow and use them, and whether they have medicinal properties. Participants will plant an herb patio garden and receive recipes for using these four herbs. A door prize will be provided. There is a $10 fee for plants and materials. For more information or to sign up for this workshop ($2 refundable registration fee) please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Hilldale Cemetery cleanup is Friday
The Hilldale Cemetery Association and members of the Essex County Ghost Project will hold a Memorial Day weekend cleanup of the Hilldale Cemetery on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Volunteers are invited to take part and the goal is to remove brush and debris, cut the grass, reset toppled gravestones on Soldiers Hill as well as install new flags that were donated. Please bring gloves and any yard equipment you can. To volunteer or for more information please contact Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Workshop on Solving Computer Aggravations planned
The Council on Aging will host a presentation by Miklos Jakos titled “Solving Computer Aggravations” on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The presentation will cover 20 of the most common aggravations a person can experience when using a computer. For more information or to register for this workshop please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
NECC offers Summer Music Festival
Northern Essex Community College’s music program is offering a weeklong Summer Music Festival at the Haverhill campus for pianists, violinists, and cellists of all musical levels, Aug. 5 through 9. Open to musicians age 10 and older, the program will focus on solo and chamber repertoire, technique, and fundamental music theory, all in relation to their historical context. The cost is $300 per person plus a $25 registration fee. Students will receive individual lessons and chamber music coaching during the morning session, and master classes in the afternoon focusing on technique, basic music theory as it relates to the repertoire studied and a discussion of various works of composers from the baroque, classical, romantic and modern day. A performance by the participants will be held on Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. This festival will be directed by renowned NECC Music Program faculty member Christina Dietrich and guest artists, violinists Alice Hallstrom and Angel Hernandez, cellist Caroline Reiner-Williams, and pianist Michael Kramer. Dietrich will meet with each student prior to the start of the workshop for proper placement. Assessment interviews will be held on Mondays, June 3 and 26. For more information call 617-966-8923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit Union reaches milestone
Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union announced it has reached a milestone. So many people from across the Merrimack Valley have opened accounts with free checking and loans with low interest rates that the Credit Union has grown to a half-billion in assets, making it one of the largest credit union in Massachusetts. “We’re happy people in the Merrimack Valley are joining the Credit Union because they recognize the value of our financial institution,” said Peter Matthews, president and CEO of the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union. “We have experienced strong financials year after year through challenging times and now we’re here at this important milestone with the support of our members, hard work of our staff, and guidance from our Board of Directors.” Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union is a $505 million asset not-for-profit community credit union serving anyone who lives, works or worships in the Merrimack Valley region with branch locations in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover, and Plaistow, N.H.